Jessica Jones and the two sides of Emo

Emotional Hardcore or Emocore emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement. And what’s that got to do with Jessica Jones?

First, if we take it that there’s an emphasis on hardcore emotional expression in the music, we have hard rock and/or alternative rock and/or punk rock and/or grunge all touching on the emo vibe.

Second, emo subculture is stereotyped with emotion, sensitivity, misanthropy, shyness, introversion and angst, as well as depression, self-harm and suicide.

And third, emo also signifies a specific relationship between fans and artists and certain aspects of fashion, culture and behaviour – skinny jeans, tight t-shirts with band names, studded belts, and flat, straight, jet-black hair with long bangs. 

So there’s Jessica right in the middle, and even more so if we take the trailer for Season Two as a guide. She’s got the angst, in spades, she’s got the hardcore aggression, and she’s certainly stayed true to emo style.

And for those of us who like touches of gothic and noir in our entertainment, did I mention LOTS of the scenes are dark!

And season two has just started. Go watch! Or, if you prefer, binge watch! On Netflix, of course.



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